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bug with OSGB36 definitions?

Wed May 18, 2011 6:37 pm


I'm transforming between OSGB36(British National Grid) and UTM Zone 31N(European 1950).
If I select OSGB36 grid from Earth-Europe-United Kingdom-OSGB36-British National Grid, I get a different result from selecting OSGB36 from Earth-Europe-United Kingdom-England-OSGB36-British National Grid. The difference is about 6 metres.

Also, If I transform from OSGB36 to ETRS89 using the British Ordnance Survey software (Grid Inquest), I get a different result from CoordTrans.

How can I reliably transform from ETRS89-OSGB36-UTM Zone 31N(European 1950).

Many thanks for your help

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RE: bug with OSGB36 definitions?

Wed May 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Datums before 1970, when laser was introduced for geo-measurements are less reliable. Older is less reliable. OSGB is from 1936.

CoordTrans uses 7 parameter Helmert for datum transformation. And no correction tables are used.


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